The beach between Patong and Kata
Karon Beach is the beach between Patong and Kata. It’s hard to describe the character of Karon beach, or to know who it’s for. It doesn’t have the nightlife or shopping of Patong. It doesn’t have the cozy family friendliness of Kata.
Karon beach is about 5 km long and pretty much straight, a nice beach for an early morning or evening jog, especially at low tide.
There are some grassy dunes behind which separate the beach from the road, but not as many trees as you find at Kata beach. This means that it’s harder to find shade.
From November through to April the beach has beautiful flat blue seas. From May to October the sea can be rough and there are some very strong rip tides, every year a few weak swimmers fall victim. The waves are popular with surfers and kite boarders.
Resorts along the beach include the Movenpick and the Hilton Arcadia. At the very north end is the Beyond resort, at the very south is a Centara.
Snorkeling or SCUBA diving is possible on the rocky reef at the north end of the beach.
While Karon is less busy than Patong beach you can still find beach mats and umbrellas to rent. There is also jet skiing and para-sailing.
Often a game of beach football or volleyball starts up in the late afternoon.
There are a few roads that lead away from the beach road. The main area is up from the roundabout (Karon circle). Here you’ll find bars, restaurants, mini-marts, shops and pharmacies.
Karon temple market runs every Tuesday and Friday evening and is a good place to stroll around and get local food.